Latviabeerfest is a huge – you guessed it – beer festival, set in the beautiful Vērmanes Garden area of Rīga, Latvia’s capital and largest city.
- When? 24th - 28th May 2017
- Where? Vērmanes Garden, Rīga
- Price: €2
For manufacturers, traders and beer enthusiasts, Latviabeerfest is the event that dreams are made of. Now heading into its 8th glorious year, the dream is very much alive, in what is today considered the largest beer event in the Baltics.
Set in the incomparably lovely Vērmanes Garden, the oldest of the city’s parks and arguably its best, the event is located just a 5-minute walk from the famous Old Town part of Rīga. Tents and stalls fill the space across the 5-day event, but there’s also plenty of room to lay out a blanket and soak up the atmosphere over a cooling beer (or two).
Over 50 breweries of all types and sizes exhibited at the festival last year, with more than 200 beers on offer, and many more are expected this time round. All the major Latvian breweries will be participating, alongside only the best European beer brands. This year also boasts a ‘new style’ and a ‘new design of a brand tankard’, according to the festival’s website. We’re not completely sure what these changes entail, but we’re absolutely excited to find out.
The beer festival traditionally begins with rolling out and opening a 100-litre beer keg. The event is then considered opened, the beer can be poured into tankards and the festivities can begin. Guests can plan their visit around a vast array of activities, such as the beer spa, sports competitions, dancing, live varied music, the best local and foreign chefs and much more.
And whilst the festival might end at around 1am each morning, you can rest assured that the party will last all night, with festival-goers spilling out into the nearby bars and clubs.
To some it may just be a fermented alcoholic drink, but to the Latvian people, beer is an ingrained part of the national culture. So what better way to while away the summer days than with your friends in a beautiful park, with a cold and tasty, world-class glass of beer?
- Get there: Fly to Riga and use the trams to get around the city.
- Stay: Find a hotel in the city centre to be close to the gardens.
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